Residents of Romania’s border zone with Ukraine to receive mobile air raid alert notifications

10 September, 11:40 AM
Photo confirming the downing of a Russian drone in Romania, published by the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry (Photo:Oleg Nikolenko/Facebook)

Photo confirming the downing of a Russian drone in Romania, published by the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry (Photo:Oleg Nikolenko/Facebook)

Residents of Romania’s border zone with Ukraine will now receive mobile phone warnings about possible air raids, Radio Romania International has reported, referring to Romania’s National Committee for Emergency Situations.

The move comes after a Russian suicide drone crashed and exploded on Romanian territory during a Russian air attack on Ukraine on Sept. 4.

In areas without mobile phone signal, teams will be deployed to alert the civilian population, the Romanian committee said. On Sept. 9, new fragments of UAVs resembling those used by Russia were found approximately 2.5 kilometers southeast of the Romanian settlement of Plauru, which is located on the banks of the Danube.

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The Ukrainian city of Izmail and the Izmail Sea Trade Port lies on the opposite bank of the Danube from the area where the explosion was observed on Sept. 4, and where drone debris was subsequently discovered.

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis stated earlier that the impact on of the Russian attack drone on Romanian territory constitutes an unacceptable violation of Romania’s airspace, and poses real risks to the safety of residents in this region.

Shaheds in Romania: What is Known

Russia carried out another massive air attack on southern Ukraine using Iranian-made Shahed drones on the night of Sept. 4.

Some of these drones fell and detonated on the territory of Romania, a NATO member state, according to Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson Oleh Nikolenko.

The Ukrainian Air Force reported that 23 out of 32 Shaheds were shot down during the raid, during which Russia targeted the infrastructure of Izmail District of Odesa Oblast, which borders Romania.

At the time, the Romanian Defense Ministry “categorically denied” reports about the falling debris. According to the ministry, Russia’s attack “never created a direct military threat to the national territory or territorial waters of Romania.”

However, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba responded that Ukraine possessed photographic evidence that proved Shahed drones had come down over Romanian territory.

Then, on Sept. 6, Romanian Defense Minister Angel Tilvar acknowledged for the first time that parts of a Russian drone used to attack Ukraine had indeed fallen on his country’s territory.

NATO member countries expressed “strong solidarity” with Romania in a statement published by Romania’s ambassador to NATO, Dan Neculescu. However, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated on Sept. 7 that the alliance did not see any indication that there had been a deliberate Russian attack on Romania.

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